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Weekend writing workshop – taking inspiration from your surroundings

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Libraries Champions

John is one of the new Libraries Champions based in England, Scotland and Wales, appointed by The Crime Writers’ Association in Summer 2018.The trio take over from Ruth Dudley Edwards, the CWA’s very…Continue

Started Sep 12, 2018

Creating something special

For me, there are plenty of examples of stories which are well written - well-crafted and technically competent. Often, they are very, very good indeed.But they do not always enjoy success, be it…Continue

Started Mar 16, 2018

Creating intrigue

Good short stories and novels are often written by writers that have a keen understanding of the need to intrigue the reader by creating tension.Intrigue works in various ways and it is an important…Continue

Started Mar 16, 2018

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Best-selling crime novelist John Dean will help library-goers in Dumfries and Galloway to celebrate Book Week Scotland with a talk looking at the conversation between writer and reader.The theme of Book Week Scotland this year is Blether and John will look at how you can’t always trust the writer to tell the truth!He will give talks at: Tuesday 19th November – Dalry Library 11.00amThursday 21st November – Kirkcudbright Library 2.00pmBoth events are free but places must booked from Kirkcudbright…See More
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Time and time again in my writing, I come back to the theme of conflict., It is what makes fiction work.But why is it important? Because stories need things to happen and that usually comes out of conflict - characters argue, fight, feud etc. It is through seeing characters in conflict that we see them at their truest, when their guard is down, when they are fighting…See More
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I am writing the latest DCI Jack Harris crime novel and, although I plotted it pretty carefully in advance, the characters are doing a lot of the work for me as I write, throwing up questions and hinting at secrets.It reminded me how important secrets are to a crime writer. It is crucial that your characters are hiding things. They may reveal their secrets to the reader but it can be a very effective storytelling tool if the investigators are in the dark until the story comes to its dramatic…See More
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Book Week Scotland talks announced

Best-selling crime novelist John Dean will help library-goers in Dumfries and Galloway to celebrate Book Week Scotland with a talk looking at the conversation between writer and reader.

The theme of Book Week Scotland this year is Blether and John will look at how you can’t always trust the writer to tell the truth!

He will give talks at: Tuesday 19th November – Dalry Library 11.00am

Thursday 21st November – Kirkcudbright Library 2.00pm

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Posted on October 14, 2019 at 9:38

Blizzard faces up to conflict

Time and time again in my writing, I come back to the theme of conflict., It is what makes fiction work.

But why is it important? Because stories need things to happen and that usually comes out of conflict - characters argue, fight, feud etc. It is through seeing characters in conflict that we see them at their truest, when their guard is…

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Posted on October 12, 2019 at 19:30

The Long Dead tops 60 reviews

The Long Dead (The Book Folks), a DCI Blizzard mystery set in the world of archaeologists and wartime  memories, has now topped 60 reviews on Amazon and it's held steady at four stars. You can find out more at…

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Best-selling crime novelist John Dean will help library-goers in Dumfries and Galloway to celebrate Book Week Scotland with a talk looking at the conversation between writer and reader.The theme of Book Week Scotland this year is Blether and John will look at how you can’t always trust the writer to tell the truth!He will give talks at: Tuesday 19th November – Dalry Library 11.00amThursday 21st November – Kirkcudbright Library 2.00pmBoth events are free but places must booked from Kirkcudbright…See More
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Blizzard faces up to conflict

Time and time again in my writing, I come back to the theme of conflict., It is what makes fiction work.But why is it important? Because stories need things to happen and that usually comes out of conflict - characters argue, fight, feud etc. It is through seeing characters in conflict that we see them at their truest, when their guard is down, when they are fighting…See More
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I am writing the latest DCI Jack Harris crime novel and, although I plotted it pretty carefully in advance, the characters are doing a lot of the work for me as I write, throwing up questions and hinting at secrets.It reminded me how important secrets are to a crime writer. It is crucial that your characters are hiding things. They may reveal their secrets to the reader but it can be a very effective storytelling tool if the investigators are in the dark until the story comes to its dramatic…See More
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